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JOHN KEEFER

Art is essentially a spiritual pursuit.  You put your own ego in the service of the world spirit.  The spirit of the time you live in.

 

I told myself, what ever you think it is people want, do the opposite. Whatever you do as an artist, do it too much, make art thats too big, too personal, too violent, too sexual, too bereaved…  just too much, always.

 

I never try to finish a painting.  I never try to make a good painting.   It’s ok to paint more.  It’s ok to go deeper.  It’s better to try to make a bad painting than to try to make a good painting.   A painting can almost always be sufficiently bad, but nothing can ever really be good enough to express how beautiful, sad, horrifying, funny, sweet, hopeless…  it all is.  You can only hope to get close to that by going around the back.

Education
1992 BFA, University of Buffalo  

1994 MFA, Yale University School of Art

Exhibitions

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York

Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Yale University School of Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut

Artspace,  New Haven, Connecticut

John Slade Ely House Center for Contemporary Art, New Haven, Connecticut

Space Gallery, Portland Maine

Art House, Jersey City, New Jersey

Noyse Museum of Art, Stockton University, Galloway Township, New Jersey

Professional Activity
1995-1999 Lecturer, Yale University School of Art